Wednesday, January 27, 2016
Sweden blocks suspect Middle East-bound Turkish cargo ship carrying 'Rockets and explosives' in port.
Sweden blocks suspect Middle East-bound Turkish cargo ship 'carrying 'Rockets and explosives' in port. (TheLocal).
The Panamanian-flagged Whiskey Trio, belonging to a Turkish company called Trio Shipping, has remained at the Varberg port in Halland county since Friday.
Thomas Åström, a senior official at the Swedish Transport Agency told AFP: "We are prohibiting them from leaving port, mainly for safety reasons, but also because of the working conditions for the crew."
The transport workers' union (transportarbetareförbundet) on its website decried "a rusty ship with poverty wages", which it said was "laden with rockets and explosives".
The authorities did however speak of multiple breaches of safety rules, notably in the areas of fire safety and safety and rescue equipment.
"When we came the crew were having breakfast. They were eating old, dry bread which they tried to toast, olives and tea. It was horrible to see," he said.
According to Larsson the ship's final destination was the Middle East.
According to reliable information the HN however, there was military equipment, including weapons of type MK36. The ship should have gone in for loading in Sheernes, and then go on to Varberg and then the Netherlands, Belgium, and Montenegro. According to HN information shall be the final goal of the vessel being Yemen and Oman on the Arabian Peninsula. -
I get so worried, first they load the boat with rockets and explosives and then they are not allowed to leave. It's fortunate we were able to help these people because otherwise you don't know what would have happened. Perhaps they would have exploded in the middle of the sea," he said. Read the full story here.